Science Ticker

A roundup of research and breaking news

  1. king penguins
    Animals

    In a colony, king penguins behave like molecules in a 2-D liquid

    Positions of king penguins in a breeding colony resemble molecules in a 2-D liquid.

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  2. pig
    Health & Medicine

    A new coronavirus is killing pigs in China

    Genetic evidence identifies a previously unknown coronavirus that’s causing problems in pigs.

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  3. Astronomy

    A Chinese space station will fall to Earth this weekend

    The Chinese space agency’s first space station is coming back to Earth this weekend. It probably won’t cause damage, but it will cause fireworks.

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  4. NIH
    Science & Society

    New spending bill mostly boosts money for science research

    Here’s a quick look at how science agencies fared in the newly passed spending package.

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  5. fetal mummy
    Genetics

    Atacama mummy’s deformities were unduly sensationalized

    A malformed human mummy known as Ata has been sensationalized as alien. A DNA analysis helps overturn that misconception.

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  6. self-driving car
    Tech

    First pedestrian death from a self-driving car fuels safety debate

    A self-driving Uber kills woman in Arizona in the first fatal pedestrian strike by an autonomous car.

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  7. Antarctic ice
    Earth

    Critter-finding mission to Antarctica’s Larsen C iceberg scrapped

    Thick sea ice ended a rapid-response mission to study seafloor that lay beneath Larsen C iceberg.

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  8. Adélie penguins
    Animals

    Penguin supercolony discovered in Antarctica

    Scientists have found a penguin supercolony living on tiny, remote Antarctic islands.

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  9. video of bullet impact on test space shield
    Astronomy

    Watch an experimental space shield shred a speeding bullet

    Engineers tested how well a prototype shield for spacecraft would stand up to space debris by shooting it with a solid aluminum pellet.

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  10. porpoise with tracker attached
    Life

    Shipping noise can disturb porpoises and disrupt their mealtime

    Noise from ships may disturb harbor porpoises enough to keep them from getting the food they need.

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  11. Bedbugs (Cimex lectularius)
    Animals

    Even after bedbugs are eradicated, their waste lingers

    Bedbug waste contains high levels of the allergy-triggering chemical histamine, which stays behind even after the insects are eradicated.

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  12. SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch
    Astronomy

    SpaceX just launched its biggest rocket for the first time

    SpaceX just launched the Falcon Heavy — the most powerful rocket since the Saturn V — for the first time.

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